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Girls Night Out

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GNO Overview

"Girls Night Out" (GNO) is a social skills and self-care program for girls and young women with autism and other related developmental disabilities.

GNO began in 2008 and has since impacted not only girls with autism, but also their families, community partners, and providers in our community and across the country. GNO’s recent efforts include services for an expanded age range, community events, parent networks, and supporting girls in developing sustainable relationships. GNO received national recognition as a unique program that targets females with autism, who are an understudied and underserved population.

The Girls Night Out (GNO) programs mission is to empower girls and women with and without disabilities in Kansas City and surrounding communities towards optimal social-emotional health and improved quality of life. 

GNO is committed to promote inclusion and belonging, growth, self-determination, support, meaningful social opportunities, and connections. 

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KU Medical Center campus skywalk at nightHow to find us
Center for Child Health and Development, University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd, Mail Stop 4003, Kansas City, KS 66160
Map and directions

Last modified: Jul 20, 2021
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About Us

Rene Jamison

Rene Jamison, Ph.D. established GNO with its first group in 2008. Although GNO programs focus on girls with autism and other developmental disabilities, GNO reaches beyond this initial scope, impacting girls and women across the community.

Dr. Schuttler

Jessica Schuttler, Ph.D.

GNO program coordinator

Mallorey Beckloff, LMSW 

Questions? Contact Program Coordinator, Mallorey Beckloff or Director, Dr. Rene Jamison.

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